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02-12-2011, 08:43 AM
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With our 4th selection, the 152nd overall in this year All-Time Draft, the Detroit Falcons are very please to select defenceman Zdeno Chára

Nickname: Big Z
Height: 6'8''
Weight: 260 lbs
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Date of Birth: March 18, 1977
Place of Birth: Trencin , Slovakia, Czechoslovakia

Stanley Cup Finalist (2003)
AHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
NHL First All-Star Team (2004, 2009)
NHL Second All-Star Team (2006, 2008)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
World Cup All-Star Team (2004)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (2009)
World Championship Participation (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007)
World Cup Participation (2004)
Olympics Participation (2006, 2010)
Team Captain (2006-2011)


Top-10 Scoring Among Defenceman (10th)
Top-10 Goalscoring Among Defenceman (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th)
Top-10 Penalty Minutes Among Defenceman (3rd, 6th, 7th, 7th, 8th, 9th)
Top-10 +/- (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th)


Awards Nomination:

James Norris Memorial Trophy:
2002-03: 7th position (Niklas Lidstrom) (0-0-4-10-5)
2003-04: 2nd position (Scott Niedermayer) (-35.4%)
2005-06: 4th position (Niklas Lidstrom) (-62.7%)
2006-07: 20th position (0-0-0-1-1)
2007-08: 3rd position (Niklas Lidstrom) (-63.0%)
2008-09: 1st position (+5.0%)
2009-10: 8th position (Duncan Keith) (0-3-7-6-14)

Hart Memorial Trophy:
2003-04: 25th position (Martin St-Louis) (0-0-0-1-0)
2005-06: 19th position (Joe Thornton) (0-0-0-1-1)
2007-08: 14th position (Alexander Ovechkin) (0-0-0-1-1)
2008-09: 8th position (Alexander Ovechkin) (2-3-2-8-4)
2009-10: 15th position (Henrik Sedin) (0-0-0-1-0)

Originally Posted by Hockey Hall of Fame
Considering his enormous size, Chára is not known as one of the more physical on-ice players, although he certainly is more than capable of standing his ground if challenged.

In 2003-04, Chára established himself as one of the premier defensemen in the league. He helped establish a rugged blueline in Beantown.
Originally Posted by Boston Globes View Post
Chára, an All-Star starter last season, will be making his fourth appearance. He has recorded a 7-15-22 line and a plus-19 rating while playing some of his sharpest shutdown hockey against some of the league's most dangerous attackers.
Originally Posted by; Bruins, Chára agree to 7-year contract extension (10/09/2010)
Certainly, an argument can be made that nobody on the Bruins is more important than the 33-year-old Chára, the team's captain.

The GM believes that Chára works so hard, takes such good care of himself and is so skilled on the ice that chronological age does not have to be a paramount concern.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated NHL Poll (05-03-10)
Who is the best shutdown defenseman?

Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings) - 25%
Zdeno Chara (Bruins) - 23%
Shea Weber (Predators) - 10%
Chris Pronger (Flyers) - 9%
Scott Niedermayer (Ducks) - 7%

Based on a survey of 272 NHL players
Originally Posted by 2011 NHL Players' Poll
Who is the toughest defenceman to play against?

Zdeno Chara; 34%
Niklas Lidstrom; 20.3%
Chris Pronger; 20%
Shea Weber; 7%
Duncan Keith; 3%

It's interesting to look at penalty minutes for the top three. The numbers reflect the order, but these guys don't lead the league in that category.

Zdeno Chara of the Bruins leads the poll and he has 49 penalty minutes. That is seventy-fourth in the league.

Chris Pronger has been assigned to the penalty box for 32 minutes and then there is Nicklas Lidstrom who has only 12 penalty minutes.

Obviously when players think of toughness, they don't think of fights.


- ''Zdeno is one of the premier defensemen in the National Hockey League and we are thrilled that he will be in a Boston uniform for the next five years. He is a big reason why Ottawa allowed the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference last season (2004).'' - Boston interim General Manager Jeff Gorton, after signing Chara on July 1st 2006

- ''Zdeno's leadership qualities have been apparent from the time he joined players for their informal skates prior to training camp. He leads by example, both on and off of the ice, and he has earned the respect of everyone in our dressing room.'' - Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli

- ''He shuts down those guys extremely well, and that, to us, is what makes him one of the best D's in the league. Whether it's through strength, whether it's through his play, whether he's got a good stick, he plays in all situations. He's always 25 to 30 minutes per game.'' - Claude Julien, 2009 season

- ''He's been a big part of our team. He embodies a lot of what we stand for. He has an incredible desire to win and is probably the hardest worker I have seen -- on and off the ice.'' - Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli, before the 2010-11 season

Biography & Personal Life:

Zdeno Chára was born and raised in Trencín, a town of 56,000 souls near the Western border of Slovakia. Before he established himself as a solid young hockey player in his home town, many of his minor-league coaches told him that he was better off playing basketball instead, due to his great size.

At the age of 17, he played Junior B hockey with the Dukla Trencin. The following year, he was picked up by the HK VTJ Pieštany, a team in the Division II in Slovakia, while also spending some of his playing time with the national junior team and the HC Sparta Praha jr. That year, Chára played for four different clubs, even playing a lone game for the senior HC Sparta Praha.

At the age of 19, Chára decided to move to North America, where he still had one year of major junior hockey eligibility remaining. As he was selected by the New York Islanders 56th overall the previous summer, Chára wanted to familiarize himself with the North American game and to adjust to the smaller ice surface. He suited up for the Prince George Cougars of the WHL and in 49 contests, he had three goals and 22 points. Chára credits several of his junior coaches in Slovakia and Stan Butler in Prince George as being the people who were most influential in his development as a player.

In the 1997-98 season, Chára played 25 games with the New York Islanders, picking up one assist. He followed that with a 59 game effort the next year, scoring two goals and eight points. Chára played two more years on Long Island before being sent to the Ottawa Senators for the start of the 2001-02 season in a major deal that saw All-Star centerman Alexei Yashin going the other way. At this point in his career, Chára hadn't established himself yet as one of the premier defenceman in the league; the main pieces changing hands was taught to be Yashin and the 2nd overall selection in the 2001 Entry Draft.

With the Ottawa Senators, ''The Big Z'' became the defenceman scouts were hoping to bloom, and enjoyed 4 successful season with them. Playing mostly alongside offensive defenceman Wade Redden, he was named on the first and second All-Star team, while participating in his first All-Star contest in 2003. The same year, he received his first of three nomination to the James Norris trophy.

As one of the most coveted free agent available in the 2006 pool, the Boston Bruins were able to sign Chára. Indeed, on July 1st, ''The Big Z'' signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with them. During his first training camp, his leadership skills were recognize and he was named the 18th team captain of the prestigious hockey club.

On July 14th 2007, Chára married his long-time girlfriend Tatiana Biskupicová, in a Catholic church in Nemšová, Slovakia. A little less than two years later, On Monday, April 27th 2009, Chára's girlfriend gave birth, at 19:20, of the couple's first child daughter Elliz Victoria Chára, a perfectly healthy, 7 lbs, 6 oz baby: ''It’s so overwhelming,'' told Zdeno about the moment ''It’s such an exciting thing in our lives, and we’re looking forward to watching her grow. You can’t really describe, but it’s just amazing. It’s beautiful and probably the best day of my life.''

In the 2008-09 season, Chara enjoyed is most fabulous season of his career, as he was given a spot on the first All-Star team on defence, while being awarded the James Norris Trophy, a feat no less incredible by the fact that it was only the second time in eight years that Niklas Lidstrom was not able to grab the prestigious individual award.

While still an active player in the NHL, Chara is involve as an Athletic Ambassador in a charity foundation call Right to Play, a worldwide sports group that uses games and fun to help children in poor countries. At the All-Star competition of 2008, Chára initiated a charity drive among the participants, 1,000$ per player, to go to the charity of choice of the hardest shot competition's winner. Having raised 24,000$ from the six competitors and their respective teams, the NHL and the NHLPA, Chara won the competition for his foundation: ''I'm really happy with the result and happy that the money goes to charity,'' Chara told Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada. In July 2008, he spent two weeks in Africa, going to Mozambique in support of the charity, and then climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro with fellow NHL player Robyn Regehr.

Prior to the 2010-11 season, Chára made of Boston his home for another 7 years, as he signed an extension with the Bruins. He will be looking forward to continue his constant play in Beantown while adding to his already impressive legacy.

All-Star Hardest Shot Competition:

In the 2003 All-Star Skill Competition Game, Chára made his first appearance and recorded the second hardest shot behind Al MacInnis, who clock a 98.9 mph shot. It was MacInnis 7th hardest shot titles. Four years later, in 2007, Chára made his second appearance at the All-Star Competition and won the hardest shot segment, clocking a shot at 100.4 mph shot. A year later, Chára set a new competition record, with a 105.4 mph slapshot. The shot passed Al Iafrate's previous record-making 105.2 mph slapper from the 1993 skill competition in Montreal. In 2009, he won for the third time a row the hardest shot competition. At the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina, he eclipsed his previous record with a shot clocked at 105.9 mph

Fun and Interesting Facts:
- According to Chára, his height is 6-foot8, and not 6-foot-9 like most sources say
- At the start of the 2006 season, Chára became only the third Slovak-born NHL player to become a team captain, after Peter Štastný from 1975 to 1980 with the Québec Nordiques and Stan Mikita from 1975 to 1977 with the Chicago Blackhawks
- In 2009, winning his Norris Trophy with the Boston Bruins made Chara joined exclusive company by becoming just the third Bruin, alongside Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque, to win the prestigious award
- In February 2010, Chara was the captain of the Slovakian squad at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver
- On January 17th, 2011, Chara recorded his first career hat trick against the Carolina Hurricanes to make it a 7-0 final. He celebrated the feat by performing fellow Slovak star Peter Bondra's celebration, where he mocked throwing a hat into the air
- The Father of Zdeno Chára, Zdenek, competed in the 1976 Olympics in Greco-Roman Wrestling
- Chára speaks seven languages: Slovak, Czech, Polish, Swedish, Russian, German and English

Signing, Trades & Injuries:
- Chára was selected by the New York Islanders in the third round, #56 overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft
- On June 23rd, 2001, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators by the New York Islanders with Bill Muckalt and New York Islanders 2nd overall choice in the 2001 Entry Draft for Alexei Yashin
- On September 24th 2005, he signed a one year contract with the Färjestads BK (SEL)
- On July 1st, 2006, Chára signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins, a five-year, $37.5 million contract
- On March 8th, 2008, Chára suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during a game against the Washington Capitals. However, after only missing five games, he played the remainder of the season including the playoffs. Upon a first-round elimination at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, he underwent a shoulder operation on April 29th
- On October 9th, 2010, Chára re-signed with the Boston Bruins a seven year deal, worth 45.5 millions
- For most of the 2009-10 season, an hand injury bothered Chára

NHL: National Hockey League
SEL: Sweden Elite League
WHL: Western Hockey League

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